The McCarthy Report .v. The Irish Film Board

Bloody hell, getting around The McCarthy Report is a nightmare, and so is the McCarthy Report. It recommends that the Irish Film Board be merged into Enterprise Ireland to save €3 million with the loss of 17 staff and wants its €17 million in annual capital funding for Irish films to be withdrawn.

Bloody hell, getting around The McCarthy Report is a nightmare, and so is the McCarthy Report. It recommends that the Irish Film Board be merged into Enterprise Ireland to save €3 million with the loss of 17 staff and wants its €17 million in annual capital funding for Irish films to be withdrawn.

Current productions with permitted grants will be honoured, although the future of the Board and ultimately film production in Ireland is questionable. Although grants are usually no more than €20,000, producers need grants to attract funding from private investors. If grants are axed, it is less likely that Irish films would receive further investments from private sources.

The Irish Film Board is critical to not only Irish film but also to tourism as 50% of tourists claim they came to Ireland because of films made here.

Making Movies for €52

I see that on rté.ie that a Marc Price from London has managed to make a movie for STG45 (€52).  Price wrote, directed and produced ‘Colin’, a zombie movie and shot in on a camcorder. 

What’s more surprising is that the film is going to get a cinema release as Kaleidoscope Entertainment have snapped it up for its release set to be on Halloween.  Irish writers, directors and producers, take note, this is what we’ll need to do in future especially as An Bórd Snip wants rid of the Irish Film Board.

Worldwide Tributes for Irish American Author

Frank McCourt died at the age of 78 in a hospice in New York where he suffered from meningitis and metastatic melanoma.  The eldest son of seven children to Irish immigrant parents, McCourt took up writing at a late age of 60 penning Angela’s Ashes, an autobiographical book, that saw it win the Pulitzer Prize in 1997, the National Book Critics Circle Award and other honours, and later made in to a film in 1999.

The book sold 6 million copies worldwide, but received scorn from many Limerick inhabitants.  He followed up the success with further accounts of his life in New York with ‘Tis, and Teacher Man.

His death was felt both sides of the Atlantic as his death made the front page of both Irish and American newspapers.  Tributes quickly followed

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg praised McCourt as a great New York writer who captured the hearts of a city.  Former president Bill Clinton told Malachy McCourt he would join mourners at Rosie O’Grady’s bar in Broadway.  Ryan Tubridy, the Late Late Show host elect stated that Frank McCourt ‘was one of my all time favourite guests’.  A book of condolences will be at Limerick City Hall from 3pm today.

According to his wishes, his ashes are expected to be scattered over the River Shannon, as Frank McCourt eloquently puts it ‘to pollute it’.

Seminar on the Google Book Settlement

Poetry Ireland are going to be holding a seminar about the Google Book Settlement and the possibilities of future publishing.

It is to advise authors on understanding the settlement and the implications of it.

The seminar will take place on Monday 20 July @ 11.00am in the Cheyne Theatre, Royal College of Surgeons, York St entrance, Dublin 2.

Children’s authors threaten UK school boycott

Alison Flood of The Guardian reports that children’s authors are threatening to boycott visiting schools as the UK Independent Safeguard Authority proposes that people who work with children are to be vetted as part of a new scheme. 

Anthony Browne, the UK’s children’s laureate stated authors should not expect special treatment, although adds that it ‘is  a bit odd that we (the authors) have to pay for it, though.’

The service will charge £64 (€75) fee to register on the national database.  Philip Pullman, writer of His Dark Materials trilogy, describes the scheme as ‘outrageous, demeaning and insulting’ noting that anyone who come in contact with children is insinuated to be ‘up to no good’ and that the natural relationship between ‘one human and another is predatory’ and encourages children to believe ‘no adult will ever approach them other than to prey on them or do any harm.’

A day in hell

A tattered partly burnt umbrella stands next to the door, SATAN enters with SADDAM and ADOLF each holding equally tattered umbrellas.  All think they’re trendy wearing off-the-arse jeans and basketball tops.

 

SATAN

(Sincere)

These things are great.  There never has been such an invention so bloody useless.

 

ADOLF

(Laughing)

Always condemned to hell.

 

SADDAM

Great stuff.  No one knows umbrellas don’t work but people still use them.  Throw them away, anywhere, the way the living do.

 

(They writhe a little as they brush off some of their partly burnt clothes)

 

SATAN

A bit like your pretzels, Saddam.  The Allied Forces thought they were looking for missiles and bombs, when Bush actually thought the WMD were really pretzels and segues.

(All laugh heartily)

ADOLF

(Stifling laughter)

I love that joke.

 

SADDAM

(Calming down)

Ahh…  Weren’t we going to practice our music today?

 

ADOLF

Where’s my banjo?

 

SATAN

Here it is… with my accordion and Saddam’s recorder.

 

SADDAM

Great, these are vile instruments.

 

(They all pick up their instruments)

 

ADOLF

Lowest of the low.

 

SATAN

What are we playing today?  The Doors?  Joe Dolan?

 

SADDAM

Where’s himself with the Hammond organ?

 

SATAN

CJ?  He’s crying off sick again.

 

ADOLF

Like always.  We can still practice.  We don’t even know what the other’s playing anyway as we’re all tone deaf.

SADDAM

Ahh…  improvised jazz it is then.

Setanta wins rights to 33 EPL games

Although Setanta UK has been wound down as it failed to obtain its 1.2 million subscriptions and rights to the Barclays English Premier League, Setanta Ireland pipped BSkyB to rights for the English Premier League for 33 games. 

 The rights were won by a newly formed company, Setanta Hibernia, a company registered in Luxembourg.

Introduction of Google Chrome

The world is goggle eyed with Google.  Talks of Twitter being googled and now Google is to launch a new operating system in ‘an attempt to re-think what operating systems should be’ and is due to be available to consumers in 2010. 

Why am I talking about an operating system on an Irish Media blog?  Well the power of Google has seen it be the top internet search engine, buy Youtube, and be dominant in any field it wants.  Hell, Google could open a typewriter factory, and people will start buying typewriters again.   

I like the fact that the system will be Open Source but it could threaten the lesser used OS’s such as Apple and Linux.  The Apple OS has long been the standard of computing for media (hence the link) be it design or film editing.  Google’s compatibility with software is yet to be questioned.  When Google puts itself into the OS market, will it break into Microsoft’s dominance, or could it also damage Linux, Apple, etc.

Scissor Sisters Play

Following on from the adaptation of Playboy of the Western World with Roddy Doyle, I see that Bisi Adigun of Arambe Productions is penning a new play – a comedy version of the Scissor Sisters (the famous prisoners, not the band which have strangely disappeared). 

It is said to feature the disembodied head of Farah Swaleh Noor which talks.  A few limbs are also said to be visible in the production too.  It seems a strange subject to make into a comedy.  I’m not sure if I can warm to this play, although it could be Beckettian in its style which could be interesting

My Blogging Days

I notice my blog is becoming more of a newsreel than a blog which is a bit of a pain, as I informed myself that I would opine about goings on in the Irish media to help inform my studies as public sector broadcasting and the Irish Film Board have been covered. So far, I haven’t done too well.

Hopefully soon I can be more critical than mechanical, or is that less critical. I guess this is called postmodernist blog – self-reflexive but with added pastiche needed. I must add a life criticism next to the literary criticism category.